I would not shut up today about these Stockli skis. It was totally worth buying them 70% off at Memorial Day and staring at them all summer, going mad as I waited for winter to arrive. They were awesomeness incarnate. Bryan said the surface at Mammoth was icier and slipperier today, but I didn’t notice. The Stockli Lasers glued me to the ground and rode so smoothly that the jarring I felt yesterday with my lighter Salomon Mynx skis didn’t bother me at all today. (The Salomons turn on a dime and float on snow, so I’ll probably use them on fresh powder days and tree runs.) The new skis required a bit of change in attitude. Turns took a little longer to develop, so I had to find a Zen-like state. I had to know that if I just eased into turns, I’d make them in time. And even though I felt more relaxed piloting these skis, I was actually whipping more quickly down the slopes.